American League team-by-team notebook -- Thursday, September 20, 2012

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Baltimore: By closing out extra-inning wins Tuesday and Wednesday, RH closer Jim Johnson tied the Orioles' single-season saves record with 45. Randy Myers established the mark in 1997. Johnson has converted each of his past 15 save chances, and he's allowed one run in his past 20 appearances (19 innings). ... 2B Robert Andino is hitless in his past nine at-bats, and he's 2-for-24 (.083) in his past seven games. He's batting .125 (7-for-56) in September.

Boston: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka is 0-3 with a 13.50 ERA in four starts this month. Asked if he should stay in the rotation, he said through an translator, "That's a hard question to answer." ... RH reliever Daniel Bard allowed three runs while getting one out Wednesday, giving him a 24.30 ERA (nine runs in 3 1/3 innings) since he was recalled from the minors Aug. 30. "We're really trying to get him where he could have some kind of good feeling during this season at the end. It's tough," manager Bobby Valentine said.

Chicago: RHP Jake Peavy will pitch the opener in Anaheim on Friday, as manager Robin Ventura decided to stick with a five-man rotation rather than throw RHP Dylan Axelrod or LHP Hector Santiago into the mix to rest the others. After Peavy, LHP Jose Quintana and RHP Gavin Floyd will start against the Angels. ... Ventura has shown a willingness to give a quick hook to starters thanks to a reliable relief corps. "I think it's just a matter of everyone doing a pretty decent job out there in the 'pen right now," LH reliever Matt Thornton said.

Cleveland: SS Asdrubal Cabrera is expected to return to the lineup Friday after leaving Wednesday's game and sitting out Thursday's game due to a sore right wrist. The condition has bothered him the past few weeks. ... RH reliever Vinnie Pestano pitched a scoreless inning, giving him a 1.30 ERA in 36 home games. He has a 3.03 ERA in 25 road appearances.

Detroit: RHP Max Scherzer's availability for his scheduled Sunday start is in question. Scherzer pitched two innings Tuesday before coming out with right shoulder fatigue. He was later diagnosed with deltoid inflammation. LHP Drew Smyly would be the choice to replace him, if necessary, manager Jim Leyland said. ... C Alex Avila expects to be able to play Friday after missing the better part of a week because of concussion symptoms. "He's feeling much better," manager Jim Leyland said. "The headaches are gone."

Kansas City: RHP Jake Odorizzi, who went a combined 15-5 with a 3.03 ERA in Class AA and Class AAA this season, will make his major league debut Sunday with a start against the Indians. Odorizzi, 22, was acquired in the December 2010 deal that sent RHP Zack Greinke to Milwaukee. ... C Adam Moore, who was claimed off waivers July 7 from the Mariners, likely will make his Royals debut in Odorizzi's start. "I think it's more important to have somebody that has caught (Odorizzi) before," manager Ned Yost said.

Los Angeles: RHP Ervin Santana is scheduled to start Friday against the White Sox in his first outing in eight days. The Angels used the off day Monday to move him back in the rotation, partly because he was hit in the right arm by a line drive during his most recent start. ... OF Torii Hunter had batted .347 (83-for-239) since the All-Star break entering play Thursday, and SS Erick Aybar was at .346 (65-for-188) in that span. In the AL, only Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera had a higher second-half average, .348 (79-for-227).

Minnesota: OF/1B Chris Parmelee flew to California on Thursday to be with his wife, who was about to give birth to the couple's first child. He is expected to rejoin the team Monday in Minnesota for the opener of a three-game series against the Yankees. ... LF Josh Willingham's 35 home runs are the most in a single season for a Minnesota player since Harmon Killebrew hit 41 in 1970. He is the first Twins player with at least 25 doubles, 35 homers and 100 RBI since Killebrew in 1966.

New York: 1B Mark Teixeira will head to the Yankees' facility in Tampa on Monday, and he plans to play in instructional league games next week. Teixeira hasn't played since re-injuring his left calf Sept. 8, but the Yankees hope he'll be able to return before the end of the regular season. ... OF Ichiro Suzuki's seven-hit doubleheader Wednesday included four hits and four stolen bases in the second game. He also had a four-hit, four-steal game July 20, 2004, against the Red Sox while playing for the Mariners.

Oakland: LHP Brett Anderson will miss the remainder of the season with a Grade 2 oblique strain, manager Bob Melvin said. Anderson, who left Wednesday's game in the third inning, is holding out hope that he could pitch in the postseason. ... RHP Dan Straily will pitch in Anderson's slot in the rotation Monday at Texas. Straily was bumped from his scheduled Saturday start at Yankee Stadium because the A's wanted a left-hander, Travis Blackley, to face the Yankees. ... CF Coco Crisp didn't play for the third time in four games because of allergic conjunctivitis. Melvin said he believed Crisp's condition was improving, and he was hopeful Crisp would be available to play Friday.

Seattle: OF Michael Saunders was caught stealing to end Wednesday's game, as he was trying to get the tying run into scoring position. Manager Eric Wedge defended Saunders. "He's aggressive. He's out there trying to make something happen," Wedge said. ... RHP Felix Hernandez struck out eight Wednesday, giving him 207 strikeouts for the season, his fourth consecutive year topping 200. Only Randy Johnson (five years, 1991-95) has had a longer streak for Seattle.

Tampa Bay: Manager Joe Maddon allowed the players to arrive as late as 6 p.m. for the 7:10 game Wednesday, and the Rays responded with a 13-3 rout of the Red Sox, just their second win in nine games. Maddon let the players report late again Thursday. ... Rookie RHP Chris Archer allowed three runs in five innings Wednesday against Boston en route to his first major league win. "The sweetest tasting beer I've ever had, that's for sure," he said of the beer shower he received.

Texas: OF Josh Hamilton (blurred vision) and 3B Adrian Beltre (intestinal illness) were both out of the starting lineup for a second consecutive day. GM Jon Daniels said both had seen doctors seeking explanations for their ailments. ... RH reliever Mike Adams and RH closer Joe Nathan returned to work Wednesday after getting seven and five days off, respectively, to recover from some soreness/fatigue issues. Both pitched scoreless innings to close out the Rangers' 6-2 win over the Angels.

Toronto: DH Edwin Encarnacion was back in the starting lineup for the series finale against the Yankees. Encarnacion had missed the previous three games, and four out of five, due to a sore right big toe. ... LHP Ricky Romero still has not won since June 22, but he got a no-decision in the Blue Jays' 2-1 loss to the Yankees in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader. Romero has lost all 13 decisions he's received in his past 15 starts.

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